Elster Electricity, LLC, Sharon Allan has been named president of Elster Integrated Solutions (EIS), headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.  EIS is a new business unit of Elster in North America that brings a common vision and integrated plan across gas, electricity, and water metering applications. Its focus is delivering AMR/AMI (automated meter reading/advanced metering infrastructure) system solutions to customers in North, Central, and South America.  EIS will lead the business transformation of operations technology utilizing information technology and intelligent networks across the existing Elster business units-Elster Electricity, LLC and AMCO Water Metering Systems Inc.

Allan joined Elster in 1997 from IBM and most recently was chief knowledge officer of Elster Electricity.  In 2002, she was named one of the '50 Key Women in Energy' for her global leadership in the area of innovation and creativity within the industry.  Allan has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida.

"This alignment enables us to better serve our customers as they continue to invest in information and communication technology to support their business processes and strategies," stated Sharon Allan.  "A need exists for increased collaboration in the utility industry to address the cross-functional process changes that metering information has in business intelligence." 

About Elster in North America
Elster consists of two major business units in North America: Elster Gas and Elster Electricity and Water.  Elster Gas delivers gas metering solutions to a host of customers across the region and is headquartered in Madison, Ohio.
The Elster Electricity and Water business unit serves utilities in these two sectors with operations located in Raleigh, North Carolina and Ocala, Florida.  Elster Integrated Solutions, a new business unit in Raleigh, North Carolina, helps utilities improve their revenue cycle services, customer service, delivery reliability and workforce utilization as well as implement demand response and conservation programs.  For more information, visit www.elster.com.

About Elster Group
Elster Group (formerly Ruhrgas Industries), is the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of highly accurate, high quality, integrated metering and utilization solutions to the gas, electricity and water industries. In addition, through its subsidiary Ipsen International, it is the leading global manufacturer of high level thermo-chemical treatment equipment.

The group has over 9,000 staff and operations in 37 countries, focused in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Elster's high quality products and systems reflect the wealth of knowledge and experience gained from over 170 years of dedication measuring precious resources and energy. The Elster Group is headquartered in Luxembourg.

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For further information contact:
Gabrielle Puccio, Director of Corporate Communications, Elster Electricity,
208 South Rogers Lane, Raleigh, NC 27610, 919-250-5413, gabrielle.puccio@us.elster.com